With the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders selected Clelin Ferrell out of Clemson, an EDGE rusher who should immediately help the team address the league low thirteen sacks posted by the defense in 2018.
Ferrell was expected by many observers to be taken far later in the round, but some had him highly rated, including Danny Kelly of The Ringer.
Clellin Ferrell is the #6 player on my big board.... so, uh, I get it— Danny Kelly (@DannyBKelly) April 26, 2019
In addition, Samuel R. Gold, who does film reviews on Sam’s Film Room and also covers the Seattle Seahawks for The Athletic Seattle recently did a review of Ferrell strengths and weaknesses in the build up to the draft. Raiders fans looking to learn a bit more about what Ferrell should bring to the team in coming years can enjoy the breakdown from earlier this month.
In the video Gold reviews Ferrell both rushing the passer and defending the run, and compares Ferrell to recently traded former-Seahawk, but now Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark.
Many will obviously posit that Ferrell was a reach at number four overall, but Gold likes his upside and potential. Further, there is no doubt that between the trading of Khalil Mack and release of Bruce Irvin last season, EDGE was a massive position of need for the Raiders, and they have addressed that here.